We’re Beyond Theory, and on to Reality and Execution

first_img(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – The race is on. The next few months will pit all of our preparedness planning (or lack thereof) against a novel H1N1 virus that is certain to sweep through northern hemisphere countries.While this next wave is not likely to dramatically increase influenza deaths—unless the virus undergoes additional mutations or reassortments—it could cause significant and sustained illness in our otherwise healthy workforce populations. And remember, we currently don’t have any explicit plans to vaccinate that population, except for pregnant women and healthcare workers, even in the United States.Regular readers of this column know I have emphasized for the past 4 months that we should expect the unexpected in our battle with this virus. But now it’s time to drive a stake in the ground and declare, “No more what-ifs. This is what we can and are going to do in response to this virus in our organization over the next 4 to 6 months.”Business preparedness for this pandemic was substantially elevated this past week when the US news media suddenly found the second coming of novel H1N1. Stories about the potential shoe to drop with a fall/winter wave of illness have been everywhere.The media’s attention is not based on any recent change in the disease occurrence, but has largely occurred because of an all-out media campaign by our federal government to hit our pandemic preparedness status head-on. I applaud these federal efforts, particularly the coordinated messages coming from the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Education, Commerce, and Agriculture.Despite the balanced and scientifically sound information being shared by our federal agencies, there are still a number of critics who have publicly declared that this is a “Chicken Little” situation. We are scaring the world needlessly, they say. If that’s where you are as you read this column, go no further. If you aren’t convinced by now that we have some real challenges ahead with this upcoming fall/winter wave of H1N1, I’m afraid it’s too late for CIDRAP to help.Your primary focusBut if you do believe that H1N1 may cause substantial and sustained illness in our workforce over these upcoming months, then understanding what that means, particularly as it is overlaid on a global just-in-time economy, ought be your second highest priority right now.Of course, your first priority should focus on what the next few months will mean for your family and loved ones. As a father of a pregnant neonatologist (my first grandchild is due in December)—and she is also part of the team at the bedside of other H1N1-infected and seriously ill pregnant women—I pray for the day when my daughter gets both of her H1N1 influenza vaccine doses in her arm. It can’t come soon enough.Announcing a crucial summitTo try to bring a very current, practical, and execution-driven summary of what we all can do to have the highest level of preparedness in our organizations, CIDRAP is sponsoring its third pandemic preparedness summit on September 22 and 23 in Minneapolis. “Keeping the World Working During the H1N1 Pandemic: Protecting Employee Health, Critical Operations, and Customer Relations” is the title we’ve chosen for this 2-day crash course and summary of the latest, most effective actions your organization can implement to be better prepared.You can get more information on the summit here. We’re convening pandemic response experts in public and private sectors who know their business and are ready to act. We’ll tackle with candor, urgency, and practicality how to brace our enterprises for the months ahead.The 25 members of the Summit Advisory Group represent some of the best minds and most practical thinkers in the pandemic preparedness business. I think when you review the program and see the line-up of speakers and sessions, you will agree that this will be your last, best chance to get ready for this next wave of H1N1 infections.And I can only hope that one day, when we do all our pandemic postmortems, we will realize we did make a difference.Bottom line for businessIt’s not too late to get some very crucial and practical preparedness planning completed and implemented in your organization. But time is of the essence. No more feeling your way through the preparedness black hole. Execution is everything now. And it helps if somebody else has tried it and is willing to share which best practices worked and which didn’t.last_img read more

Zenith/Delta Principals’ Cup: Organisers Set for ‘Unforgettable Final’

first_imgOrganisers of the Delta State Principals’ Cup have expressed readiness for the final match Day of the competition slated for Monday, April 1.The final of the event is billed to take place at the Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba on Monday and the Head of the Organizing team, Tony Pemu, said yesterday that all was set for the final.Delta Commissioner for Basic and Secondary School Education, Chiedu Ebie, said the state was ready to make the final a classic of sort. Ebie who is also the head of the Local Organising Committee maintained that the tournament had been very explosive from the beginning“The players have displayed so much knowledge of the game and we expect that the teams in the final will give us much to cheer. As organisers we are planning to stage a classical show,” Ebie noted.Pemu said the Local Organising Committee and the organizing team have been working round the clock to perfect all plans for the final.“We had a very colouful final event in the first and second edition of competition. I expect this to be very interesting as well.“Everything needed to make the event memorable for the players and spectators have been put in place. We thank the sponsors and the government of Delta State for the support all through the event.”Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa will lead some members of his executive cabinet to the match just as topshots of the sponsors, Zenith Bank are also expected to be at the Stephen Keshi Stadium to cheer the young footballers competing for honours.Obule Integrated School, Sapele and Boys Secondary School, Obiaruku will compete for honours in the final while Ekpan Secondary School and Comprehensive Secondary School will fight for bronze in the third place shortly before the final.The final of the competition originally scheduled for February 15 this year was moved due to the general elections and the involvement of the state in the series of international games at the venue.Former international, Victor Ikpeba, is expected to lead other top former Eagles stars to the venue for this developmental tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

DD Technology: Alphatronic’s guide to reinstalling Windows

first_imgIf your computer or laptop won’t work as well as it once did reinstalling Windows could be the answer. It may sound like a huge task, but it’s not difficult at all.Our guide below will explain how to reinstalling Windows to make your PC or laptop as good as new.By Charlie Kelly – Alphatronic Repair Technician There are lots of reasons why you might want to reinstall Windows. Your PC or laptop could be infected with a virus, or it could be clogged up to the point where it is running slow all the time. As long as there’s no problem with your hardware then reinstalling Windows will give you back a working, speedy computer or laptop.It’s a fact that PCs get slower with age. Even if you decide to give your computer a spring clean, there’s a chance that it still won’t quite end up as good as new.Reinstalling Windows is a quick way to clear out the clutter, including all the stuff that you just can’t get rid of manually. (Note that you will have to back up all your files, music, photos, videos and settings, and reinstall all your applications if you do a clean install). Windows 10 allows you to upgrade and keep just about everything, but this can also copy across a lot of the rubbish that could be holding your PC back. So in many cases, a clean install is the best option.How to reinstall Windows 10 If you have upgraded to Windows 10 a new copy of Windows is created on your hard drive, but since it’s an upgrade and not a clean install, it will bring all the rubbish along with your files, apps and settings. To reinstall Windows 10 and get a clean install, follow these steps:Download Microsoft’s Media Creation tool which will create a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 10 on it. Hold onto this for future reinstalls, too. You can also use the drive for upgrading an existing Windows installation simply by running Setup.exe from the drive when running Windows 7 or 8.You begin the clean install by using the Reset function in Windows 10. You’ll find it at Start > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Reset this PC. Follow the on-screen instructions and you should see the option to remove everything and reinstall Windows.Alternatively, simply shut down your PC and boot from your USB flash drive. But before you do, ensure you’ve backed up everything, as the process will wipe your C drive. Also ensure that Windows 10 is activated by right-clicking on the Start button, choosing System from the menu that appears, and checking the status under the Windows activation section.It may take a few moments to say whether Windows is activated or not as it needs to verify this with Microsoft’s servers. As with the Windows 7 reinstallation guide below, you’ll have to choose your language, and then where you install Windows. Make sure you choose the correct hard drive and partition. If it’s a new drive, it will be blank, so you choose the only option available: the large unallocated space.Once the installation starts, your PC will reboot. You’ll see a Windows logo and a large circular progress indicator. Keep an eye on the install as it will reboot your computer several times and may ask you to remove the DVD or flash drive. How to reinstall Windows 7Here we’re going to show you how to reinstall Windows 7 from a DVD. However, some PCs allow you to reinstall Windows from a separate recovery partition on your hard disk and, in that case, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.If you’re reinstalling Windows on the same hard drive as it’s currently installed you have two choices: Upgrade or Clean install. The former will keep all your stuff but may not fix a problem you’re having, while the latter will wipe your hard drive and you’ll lose all the data from that partition (or the whole drive if there’s only one partition on it). Make sure you’ve backed up everything you don’t want to lose. To back up your data you can simply drag and drop files to an external hard drive or USB flash drive.Later, you’ll need to activate Windows using the product key so make sure you can find it on a Microsoft sticker somewhere on your PC. If there’s no sticker or it’s illegible, you can find it using a program called Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder, This program is a freeware download widely available from a google search.3. Shut down your PC, put the Windows disc in the CD/DVD slot and start it up. All being well, it should boot from this. If it boots to Windows normally, you’ll have to use the BIOS menus to make your PC boot from a disk. Windows Setup will start and, on the first screen you should specify your preferred language, time and currency format, and the nationality of your keyboard. You’ll also be shown a screen on which you’re required to agree to the licence conditions.You’ll now be asked “Which type of installation do you want?” and both options will be explained. Choose the “Custom (advanced)” option will take you back to the way your PC was when it left the factory. (Note that you could try the Upgrade option to reinstall Windows “over the top” of your existing installation to see if it fixes a particular problem you’re having. This will keep all your files, programs and settings intact.) We’ll show you how to to a clean install here.Next you’ll be asked “Where do you want to install Windows?”. Sometimes just one partition will be shown, in which case just click on Next. If multiple partitions are displayed, select the first primary partition (usually the largest) before clicking on Next.Windows 7 will now be installed and progress will be reported in the list of actions and the progress bar. This could take some time. Often it’ll seem that the installation has got stuck in the “Completing installation” phase so be patient.Next, you’ll be guided in setting up a user account. Also, you’ll need to provide the product key that you identified in Step 2. This will be used later, when you’re online, to activate the new installation of Windows.Follow the instructions to select security options (we suggest accepting the default setting), the time and date format, and perhaps to connect to a wireless network and join a Homegroup if these are detected.Windows will now start but the desktop will look different and rather empty. Your next job, therefore, is to re-install the various applications that you use on a regular basis.Now go to Device Manager – search for it in the Start menu – and check that drivers have been installed for all the hardware. If you see and devices with an exclamation mark, go to the manufacturer’s website and download the latest versions. You should find the appropriate drivers by using your laptop’s exact model code; for a PC, you’ll need to know the motherboard make and model, and the model numbers of other key components such as the graphics card.Even if you see no problems, it’s worth installing manufacturer-specific drivers (rather than the generic Microsoft drivers which Windows will have installed) for components such as the graphics card, motherboard chipset, laptop touchpad etc.Plus, there may be manufacturer utilities (especially for laptops) which won’t be reinstalled with a ‘clean’ copy of Windows. For example, some laptops have utilities which prevent the battery charging to 100 percent, prolonging its life.Now, using the backup you created in Step 1, copy all your files back onto your PC. You’ll probably also want to select your favourite wallpaper and make all the other changes necessary to customise your PC the way you like it.That’s it! You’re now using your PC or laptop just like the day you first bough it. Remember to install an Anti-Virus software to keep your machine running trouble free prior to using the internet or downloading files again.By Charlie Kelly – Alphatronic Repair TechnicianAlphatronic 38 Port Road, Letterkenny, Co DonegalContact me directly 074 91 13445 or email charlie@alphatronic.ieFacebook https://www.facebook.com/alphatronic/DD Technology: Alphatronic’s guide to reinstalling Windows was last modified: August 7th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AlphatronicdonegalWindows 10last_img read more